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B (North Irish Horse) Sqn


B Squadron role

B (North Irish Horse) Squadron, Scottish & North Irish Yeomanry is the sole Light Cavalry squadron in Northern Ireland and one of only two Combat Arms in Province. The Light Cavalry role is based on Mounted Close Combat and Ground Mounted Reconnaissance, meaning Officers and Soldiers are adept at fighting both from the R-WMIK (Refurbished-Weapon Mounted Installation Kit) Land Rover and in dismounted Troop strength, when required. The functions of the Light Cavalry Troop are find, feel, interpret, understand and influence the actions of the enemy and the human terrain (the local populace). This means being highly trained, aware, attuned and adaptable when encountering the very different challenges of each situation. This relies on effective intelligence, sharp and accurate assessment, along with concise communication.


The role of each crew means completing interchangeable training in roles as Drivers, Commanders, heavy weapons Gunners and common skills of medical training, communication, tactics and navigation. B (North Irish Horse) Squadron also holds the role of Support Troop, meaning there are added specialist skills with training in demolitions, route clearance, route denial and enhanced surveillance. This is one of the most diverse, important and far-reaching roles in modern conflict of today. Every challenge will be rewarding!


B Squadron History

B (The North Irish Horse) Squadron. The North Irish Horse was raised as a yeomanry unit in the northern counties of Ireland in the aftermath of the Second Boer War. They the first non-regular units to be deployed to France and the Low Counties with the British Expeditionary Force in 1914 and fought with distinction both as mounted troops, as a Cyclist Regiment and in the dismounted infantry role in the trenches as part of a composite Battalion. The regiment was reduced to a single man in the inter war years and re-raised for World War II where they achieved their greatest distinctions in the North African and Italian campaigns. The regiment collated 39 battle honours in total. Reduced to a Squadron in 1969 within The Royal Yeomanry, it was subsequently granted independent status in 1992 prior to be subsumed into the QOY in 1998. It has now been adopted into the SNIY ORBAT as a Light Cavalry Squadron; unlike A and C Sqns, B Sqn has an additional support troop.

Sports and Social

B Sqn Social

Fitness and maintaining the team spirit and inter Troop rivalry is integral to everything that is fostered in the spirit of being in the Light Cavalry. The Squadron trains in many different sports, from football, volleyball, rugby sevens to mountaineering, kayaking, skiing and a wide variety of endurance sports and adventure-racing. There is something for all and we will get you fit. Our Squadron physical training nights are Tuesdays and, with six qualified Physical Training Instructors (PTIs) in the Squadron, there is expertise and experience available to ensure we get you sharp and fast.

Contact us

Get in touch to gain the best training and opportunities any part-time employer can provide. B (North Irish Horse) Squadron can be found in two locations in Northern Ireland and are actively recruiting in both:

Squadron Headquarters, Dunmore Park Army Reserve Centre, Ashfield Crescent, Belfast, BT15 3FR
3rd (Support) Troop, Coleraine Army Reserve Centre, Bushmills Road, BT52 2AA

If you are interested or even just curious:

Tel No: 0131 310 5306
Mob No or SMS: 07584 461302
Email: SNIY-B-AO@mod.uk

You can make an appointment to visit or request additional information. Alternatively visit our Facebook page and see what we have been up to recently. We look forward to hearing from you.

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